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Orona -- George Orona Sr., 75, was called home to the Lord on April 15, 1999. Beloved husband of Tocha Gutierrez de Orona; father of sons, Joe Luke and wife, Connie, George Jr. and wife, Sharon; daughter, Carmen Valencia; grandfather of grandsons, Brian Orona and wife, Georgianna, Jody Valencia, Jaime Orona, Billy Orona; and step-grandson, Daniel Vivian; granddaughters, Lisa Lesku and husband, Frank, Jolene Valencia; and great-granddaughters, Olivia Orona and Ashley Lesku; brother to Jack Orona and sisters, Candelaria Gutierrez, Mayme Pineda, and Sylvia Flores. He served his community as past president of the Eagles, active member of the Moose Lodge #1517, and an employee of Lembke Construction for 40 years. Mass will be held Monday, 10:00 a.m., at Santuario de San Martin Church, 8321 Comino de San Martin. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Directors, 3113 Carlisle NE, in charge of arrangements.
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Shelden -- Alvah Elijah Shelden, 86, died Friday, April 16, 1999 in Albuquerque. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 19, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be Tom, Dan, and Robert Shelden, Sim Cook, Bill Barry, Tom Cour, and Sherm Rabideau. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the NM Alzheimer's Association, 1300 San Pedro NE, Suite 205, Albuquerque, NM 87110. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.
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Stevens -- Betty Stevens peacefully passed into the arms of the Lord at home on April 15,1999, surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born April 5, 1916 in Greeley, Colorado, the youngest of six children of Sarah Frances and William Carson Gilbert. She graduated from Stephens College, then continued her education at the University of Illinois, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1938. She married her high school sweetheart, Don Stevens, in Greeley, Colorado on October 2, 1938. During the early years of her marriage, they resided in Denver, Colorado; Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; and Austin, Texas. In 1948, when Don left his teaching position at the University of Texas, they moved to Albuquerque, where Don joined in partnership with Gordon Ferguson in the architectural firm later to become Ferguson, Stevens, Mallory and Pearl. As a devoted mother, Betty spent countless years as a Scout leader, roommother, and in PTA. She served on the boards of AAUW, Visiting Nurses and Community Concert, and was active in Civic Symphony and Community Chest. She also held many offices and enjoyed special friendships through PEO, Collectors and Old Glass Clubs. She was a member of St. Mark's-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church, where she served faithfully on the altar guild and as wedding coordinator for many years....taking great pride in the beautiful church designed by her husband. Betty was the most loving, devoted, thoughtful, kind and generous wife, mother, grandmother and friends. An inspiration to all in her valiant fight against pain and illness, she will always be remembered and greatly missed by all whose lives she touched and enriched. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Don, whose"privilege it was" to unselfishly and tenderly care for her during her lengthy health problems; by their five children, Nancy Comprelli and husband, Frank of Morage, CA, Mary Gadeken and husband, Arlan of Kennewick, WA, Phil Stevens and wife, Lynda of Albuquerque, Gail Turner and husband, Harry of Oak Harbor, WA, and Mark Stevens of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Karen Snook and husband, David, Cathy and Cindy Comprelli, Cheryl Cuillier and husband, David, Lisa Gadeken, Lynne Evans and husband, Shane, Tracy, Shelley and Stephanie Turner, Jennifer Sanford and husband, Jeff; and step-grandchildren, Jamie and Greg Stevens; great-grandchildren, Paul and Lauren Cuillier, Evan Sanford; and step-granddaughter, Alexa Stevens; brother, Bill Gilbert and wife, Marion; sister, Virginia Saale; in-laws, Rod and Nan Stevens, Becky Gilbert and Fran Gilbert; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church (431 Richmond NE, Albuquerque) on Saturday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. Internment arrangements made by Sunrise Society. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Albuquerque Christian Children's Home (5700 Winter Haven NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120)...for which a special fund has been created in Betty's honor, for the purpose of providing cultural enrichment for the children. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation and thanks to the many special friends, neighbors, and Rev. Jud Wagg who provided encouragement, prayers, and countless acts of kindness, and for the tender loving care and support provided by Lovelace Hospice and numerous other medical providers.
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Towne -- Lt. Col. Maurice H. Towne Jr., (U.S.A.R.-Ret.), 81, a resident of Albuquerque since 1965, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 1999. He is survived by his sons, Maurice H. Towne III and Michael R. Towne, both of Albuquerque. He was an accomplished and distinguished CIC career officer. He served in a wide range of sensitive capacities, and on special assignments in the South Pacific during WWII. As a gifted linguist, he went on to serve with the Turkish Brigade in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He completed his military career with tours of duty in Alaska, at the Pentagon, and finally as Commanding Officer of the 901st Intelligence Detachment, then headquartered at what is now Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. He retired from active duty in 1966. As a civilian, he worked with the E.G.&G. Corporation in Albuquerque as Chief of Security and Safety Officer before accepting a position as Senior Buyer and Chief of Security with Ross Aviation in 1976. He retired in 1992. He was an active and passionate outdoorsman, faithful friend, and cherished companion. As a man, he was a devoted father, teacher, and a distinguished officer and gentleman. For his friends, his passing leaves great emptiness, but his memory leaves us with profound respect and admiration. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, 6:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Chaplain First Lt. Henry D. McCain officiating. Interment of cremains will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be made in the name of Maurice H. Towne Jr., a founding member, to the N.R.A. Whittington Center, P.O. Box 700, Raton, NM 87740. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE. .DMP
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Abercrombie -- Anna Abercrombie, 95, a resident of Albuquerque since 1975, died Thursday, April 15, 1999. She is survived by daughter, Norma Almetta Sams Shiverdecker of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Connie Blair, Gary Shiverdecker and Pamela Rhiger; great-grandchildren, Kathleen Spencer Blair, Karen Blair, Jessica Lynn Rhiger, and John Rhiger. She married Fred W. Abercrombie December 15, 1982 at Academy Baptist Church. Services will be held Monday, 2:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Monday, 12:30 p.m. until time of service.
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Aragon -- Erlinda M. Aragon, age 70, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Friday, April 16, 1999. She is survived by her three sons, Dennis Aragon, Andrew Aragon, Anthony Aragon and wife, Loretta, all of Albuquerque; one granddaughter, Michelle Aragon; one sister, Emma Alderete of Albuquerque; one brother, Joe Mirabal and wife, Lena of Albuquerque. She is also survived by two aunts; six nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Aurelia Mirabal. She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 18, 1999, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Rosary will be recited Sunday, 7:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 19, 1999, 11:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Reverend James Moore as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Alderete, Rick Salazar, Joe R. Lovato, James Aragon, Ramon Baca and Joe Otero. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, in charge of arrangements.
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Baca -- Arestio G. Baca, 76, passed away Friday at his residence. Mr. Baca is survived by his loving Jennie of 55 years; two sons, Leroy Anthony Baca, Ronald Baca, both of Albuquerque; four daughters, Clara Barela and husband, Orlando of Indianapolis, Orfela Martinez, Virginia Lujan, both of Albuquerque, Loretta Tovar and husband, Lorenzo of Bloomington, AZ; three brothers, Andy Baca of Albuquerque, Fred G. Baca of Apache Junction, AZ, Reggie Baca of Corona, CA; five sisters, Rosa Garcia of Flagstaff, AZ, Viola Valdivia of Springerville, AZ, Petra Salazar of Holbrook, AZ, Linda Salazar and Patsy Tafoya, both of St. Johns, AZ; 24 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Visitations will be Monday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., in the chapel of Garcia Mortuary, 8th and Iron. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. also in the chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., at St. Anne Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Manuel Rios, Norman Baca, Robert Martinez, Andy Lujan, Edward Baca Jr., Lawrence Chavez, Sonny Baca Jr., Leroy Baca Jr. Honorary bearers will be Ronald Baca Jr., Lorenzo Tovar Jr., Joseph Lujan Sedillo Jr. Services are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW, 243-5222.
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Baca -- The family of Mrs. Beatrice P. Baca wishes to thank all their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Memorial Services for Mrs. Baca. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by the Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 3rd St. SW.
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Brodie -- Christiana"Chrissy" Stage Brodie, 88, died peacefully on April 14, 1999 after a brief illness. Born in Gateshead, England, she lived in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Florida, California, and Idaho before moving to Albuquerque in 1986. She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer in 1984; and her brother, Colling in 1996. She is survived by her daughters, Judith Liddell of Albuquerque and Chris Burk and her husband, Bill, also of Albuquerque; and five grandchildren, John Farrar III of Encino, CA, Breanne and Jay Liddell and Elizabeth and Caroline Burk, all of Albuquerque. She was an accomplished musician, teaching accordion and leading her own accordion band in Santa Monica, California in the 1930s. A longtime Presbyterian, she and her husband founded the Mariners Group in 1941 and were their first Skippers at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, CA. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, where she was a strong supporter of the Music Program. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE on Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brodie Music Endowment, Covenant Presbyterian Church.
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Chavez -- Laura Manuelita Chavez, 22, a resident of Albuquerque for 15 years, died Friday, April 16, 1999. She is survived by her newborn son, Darryus Lawrence Chavez of Albuquerque; parents, Barry and Leonore Garcia; sister, Veronica Garcia; brothers, Jerome Garcia and James Garcia, all of Albuquerque; great-grandfather, Guadalupe Garcia of Laguna Pueblo; grandmother, Lillian Chavez of Isleta Pueblo; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lawrence M. Chavez. Laura worked at Albuquerque Manor Nursing Home at a C.N.A. She was a member of Cochiti Pueblo. Rosary will be recited Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Deacon Bob Lewis reciting. Services will be held Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel. Burial will follow. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
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